How old are rabbits? Life expectancy of the long ears

"How old do rabbits get?" is one of the first questions you should ask yourself if you are considering bringing one of the cute bumbers into the house. The long ears sometimes have an astonishing life expectancy of more than 10 years.

How old are rabbits? This question is not easy to answer. On average, the long ears reach an age of around eight to 12 years. Life expectancy varies greatly depending on the race and individual living conditions. The basic rule is that keeping them appropriately extends rabbit life.

How old are rabbits?

In the wild, a rabbit's life expectancy is only about a year. The main reason for this are predators such as martens or birds of prey. However, many rabbits in human care can live up to 12 years. Life expectancy depends on various factors:

• Race
• Nutrition
• veterinary care
• secure enclosure
• Appropriate husbandry

Basically, small breeds get older than big ones. With proper care, a dwarf rabbit can live to be 13 to 14 years old. German giants, on the other hand, generally do not live longer than four years and are already among the elderly.

It is not only important that your rabbit has a long life, but above all that it leads a happy life. Malnourished rabbits, who live alone in tiny stables, sometimes get very old because they extremely reduce their metabolism and hardly move. A happy rabbit life, on the other hand, includes lush green to nibble on, lots of exercise and a long-eared friend to live with.

Dwarf Aries: Popular domestic rabbits with floppy ears

When are rabbits older?

As a rule, rabbits are called seniors from the age of five. In most small to medium-sized breeds, however, typical age problems only appear much later. This includes:

• decreasing agility
• Tendency to be overweight
• Fur and skin problems
• cancer
• eye disorders
• Difficult food intake
• indigestion
• Kidney and urinary disorders

How are human years converted into rabbit years?

In order to be able to estimate how old the hoppler for rabbit standards is, it helps to convert the rabbit years into human years. The rough orientation is: A human year is around twelve rabbit years. There are of course differences due to race. The phases of life also play a role. Below you will find a conversion for a dwarf rabbit and a German giant as an example.

How old do dwarf rabbits get?

• 6 months = 12 years
• 1 year = 17 years
• 2 years = 20 years
• 5 years = 50 years
• 7 years = 65 years
• 10 years = 80 years
• 13 years = 100 years

How old do German giants get?

• 6 months = 10 years
• 1 year = 12 years
• 2 years = 30 years
• 5 years = 80 years
• 7 years = 100 years